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Department of Psychology


Research Interests:

My research aims to combine experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study the psychological processes that underlie ideology adherence and group identity formation. What cognitive characteristics might make an individual more susceptible to internalizing a doctrine and being willing to harm and self-sacrifice for an ideological cause? Through this research, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to questions which have been traditionally only dealt with in the social and political sciences, and thereby to identify vulnerability factors for radicalization and ideologically-motivated behaviour.



Key publications: 


Zmigrod, L., Rentfrow, P.J., & Robbins, T.W. (2018). Cognitive underpinnings of nationalistic ideology in the context of Brexit. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201708960. (Altmetric = 157).

Zmigrod, L., Rentfrow, P. J., Zmigrod, S., & Robbins, T. W. (2018). Cognitive flexibility and religious disbelief. Psychological Research, 1-11. (Altmetric = 43).

Zmigrod, S., Zmigrod, L., & Hommel, B. (2018). The relevance of the irrelevant: Attentional distractor-response binding predicts performance in the Remote Associates Task. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Khalighinejad, N., Schurger, A., Desantis, A., Zmigrod, L., & Haggard, P. (2018). Precursor processes of human self-initiated action. NeuroImage, 165, 35-47.

Zmigrod, L., & Zmigrod, S. (2016). On the Temporal Precision of Thought: Individual Differences in the Multisensory Temporal Binding Window Predict Performance on Verbal and Nonverbal Problem Solving Tasks. Multisensory Research, 29(8), 679-701.

Zmigrod, S., Zmigrod, L., & Hommel, B. (2016). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex affects stimulus conflict but not response conflict. Neuroscience, 322, 320-325.

Zmigrod, L., Garrison, J. R., Carr, J., & Simons, J. S. (2016). The neural mechanisms of hallucinations: A quantitative meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 69, 113-123.

Zmigrod, S., Zmigrod, L., & Hommel, B. (2015). Zooming into creativity: individual differences in attentional global-local biases are linked to creative thinking. Frontiers in psychology, 6.

Zmigrod, S., & Zmigrod, L. (2015). Zapping the gap: Reducing the multisensory temporal binding window by means of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Consciousness and cognition, 35, 143-149.

PhD Candidate
Person keywords: 
executive function
Psychology of politics
Brain stimulation
cognitive neuroscience
Psychology of religion
Group identity
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